Better deal for regional students

THE Federal Government will remove the distinction between inner and outer regional areas, so local students who live away from home can get Independent Youth Allowance.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said legislation to be introduced to Parliament next week will make it easier for regional students to get the allowance.

"The Government has listened to the views of students from regional areas," Saffin said.

"As part of a $256 million package, students from inner regional areas will be able to access independent Youth Allowance under exactly the same rules that apply to students from Outer Regional, Remote and Very Remote areas.

"The Government recognises that students from regional areas experience higher costs in relocating for study, and is increasing the value of relocation scholarships for eligible students from regional areas.

"From January 1 next year eligible regional students will receive a Relocation Scholarship of $4000 for the first year of study, $2000 for the second and third years and $1000 for any subsequent years.

"The Government's Bradley reforms that came into effect last year are working as intended to make Youth Allowance fairer for university students.

"Under the Labor Government, an additional 25,000 students have accessed Youth Allowance, an increase of 18 per cent in just more than a year.

"The changes announced today will provide additional support for students in Page and across regional Australia."

The Government's response to Youth Allowance partially adopts the recommendations of Kwong Lee Dow AM's independent Review of Student Income Support Reforms, as well as the additional support for students through the boost to Relocation Scholarships.

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